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PAIR2005 Development and International Relations

Module Overview

• To take a deep and critical look at the contested nature of development and to evaluate the development achievement. • To study in depth the mainstream economic development ideology from the early 1980s to the present, focusing on the Washington and post-Washington consensus and associated ideas of global economic integration. • To focus on the implementation and results of global development policies via: the structural and institutional reform of national economies by the policies of the IMF and World Bank; the liberalisation of trade, finance and investment; and the most recent World Bank policies, especially on poverty alleviation and Private Sector Development. • To examine the developmental state model prevalent in East Asia

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the post 1945 history of development thinking from a global perspective
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the policies of the international financial institutions and their impact upon development
  • Apply a sound empirical knowledge of historical economic development and its impact


• Questioning Development • U.S. Hegemony: Past and Present • The South in the International Economy • The International Financial Institutions: From • Structural Adjustment to Poverty Reduction • Welfare Spending in the South • The International Trading System • Intellectual Property Rights • Strong States: The East Asian Developmental Model • Poverty And Inequality • Neo-Imperialism and the Rise of the GovernanceState

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Mixture of lecturing and seminars. Film based seminars.

Independent Study124
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

P Burnell & V. Randall (2008). Politics in the Developing World. 

P.W.Preston (1997). Development Theory. 

Caroline Thomas (2000). Global Governance, Development and Human Security. 

R. Kaplinsky (2005). Globalization, Poverty and Inequality: Between a rock and a hard place. 

Annie Taylor and Caroline Thomas (eds) (1999). Global Trade and Global Social Issues. 

John Rapley (1996). Understanding Development. 

John Glenn (2007). Globalization: North-South Perspectives. 

Majid Rahnema with Victoria Bawtree (eds) (1998). The Post Development Reader. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (2 hours) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (2 hours) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisite: PAIR1001 or PAIR1002 or PAIR1004 or PAIR1005

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